Opening today (April 3rd) is SUNDAY AT THE MUSEUM, a new café at the Asian Art Museum, with fried chicken master Deuki Hong (Sunday Bird, previously Baekjeong in New York) once again partnering with Andrew Chau and Bin Chen of Boba Guys (they host his Sunday Bird window in the back of their shop on Fillmore). The menu has his classic Korean fried chicken sandwich (it’s sooooo good) and a grilled pork “bunh” mi variation, plus soy-chile-garlic “Sunday” chicken wings, but he’s also stretching his wings (har) to include miso avocado toast on Japanese milk bread, and garlic prawn noodles, plus some vegan and gluten-free options. There will additionally be ice cream by Garden Creamery and pastries by Craftsman and Wolves.
Chau and Chen will develop a full bar of handcrafted hot and cold brews, like cold-brewed and espresso-based coffees, as well as classic, Hong Kong, and jasmine milk teas, a green matcha latte, boba teas, and a selection of teas by the pot. They will be expanding the tea service with a sommelier later.
Good news: you don’t have to purchase a museum admission ticket to dine at the café. There will also be a rooftop terrace (designed by architect Kulapat Yantrasast) opening in 2019. Open Tue-Sun 10am-4pm. Look for a happy hour with beer and wine and a prix-fixe dinner menu coming soon for upcoming late Thursday evenings, when the museum is open until 9pm. 200 Larkin St. at McAllister.
More BOBA GUYS news: they have soft-opened a location on Divisadero, in the ground floor space under Che Fico. Eater reports they will be open this week from Wed-Fri (12pm-6pm), serving their quality boba tea (and other tea drinks). Furniture is coming soon too. 838 Divisadero St. at McAllister.
Matcha lovers, now open in Japantown is MATCHA CAFÉ MAIKO from Honolulu, serving matcha green tea soft-serve, matcha shaved ice, parfaits, and more (via Hoodline). The popular matcha dessert spot is open (for now) Sun and Tue-Thu 12:30pm-8:30pm and Fri-Sat 12:30pm-9:30pm, closed Mon. Updates here. 1581 Webster St. Ste. 175, at Post, 415-757-0919.
The new taker for the former Red Door Cafe in Pac Heights has soft-opened, 1608 BISTRO, from the owner of the Filipino AJ’s BBQ & Cafe (Kevin Guevarra), with chef Jenem Martin. They are serving brunch on the weekends for now, with dishes like pandan pancakes and braised beef arroz caldo, plus ube French toast apple fritters, with a side of ’90s R&B. Nice. Hours for now are Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. 1608 Bush St. at Franklin, 415-346-1608.
A selection of dishes available at Sunday at the Museum. Photo courtesy of Asian Art Museum.